The Range Rover had to roll up its sleeves and enter the Euro NCAP testing facility late last year, with the vehicle showing mixed results.
The "big picture" crash test rating for this Land Rover looks excellent: five stars, a 91 percent rating for adult occupant protection, 84 percent for child occupant protection, 63 percent for pedestrians and 86 percent for the safety assist area. Unfortunately, the numbers don’t tell the full story, which is a rather... ahem... twisted one.
When it came to the frontal impact and standard side impact tests, the Range Rover did very well. The vehicle showed it can offer “good” protection (the highest rating available) for all areas of the driver’s and passenger’s bodies. The only exception was the torso of the driver, which received “adequate” protection during the frontal impact.
Things took a turn for the worse when it came to the more serious side pole test, where the chest area only received “marginal” protection, while the rest of the body areas were treated with a “good” rating.
When it came to the rear impact test, the “marginal” rating once again appeared - this is the protection offered against whiplash injury.
In terms of child occupant protection, the Range Rover managed to score maximum points for the protection of the 18 months infant. During the frontal impact, there was no excessive movement for the 3-year dummy sitting in a forward-facing restraint. As for the side impact, both dummies were well protected, being properly held in their shells. The vehicle did lose some points in the end, due to improper labeling for disabling the passenger airbag.
The Range Rover’s stance makes the sheer thought of a pedestrian crash frightening, but the car proved that new technology can change things.
The bumper received maximum points for the protection offered to pedestrians’ legs, while the areas of the bonnet that may be hit by the head of an adult or a child offered mainly “good” protection. Alas, engineering is not magic and so the front edge of the bonnet didn’t get any points for pedestrian protection.
From behind the wheel, the Range Rover offers a feeling of security thanks to its specific high driving position, its size, as well as its soundproofing.
However, this is not matched by the steering, which offers a shockingly detached feeling and when we add this to the considerable ride height of the car, we end up with a driving experience that only gives one confidence if the speed is kept well in check. Since we mentioned this, we have to explain that in the Supercharged version we drove, it is fairly easy for the car to slip way past the speed limit without the driver noticing.Continue reading